5 Mariachis

5 Mariachis

  • Casino: Black Diamond
  • Category: Free Spins
  • Title: 5 Mariachis
  • Type: 5x3 Reel, 25 Paylines, Minor, Major and Grand Progressive Jackpots, Pinata Pick Bonus, Wilds, Free Spins, and Multiplier.
  • Genre: Mexico
  • Bonus: 25 Free Spins + 200% First Deposit Bonus
  • Software: Habanero Systems
  • Summary: Can the five Mariachis lead you to enjoy the Mexican celebration with a big win that could be worth up to 2,500 coins? Try your luck and find out on this exciting and popular Habanero slot. Claim 25 Free Spins without deposit!
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I have to be honest and say that I am firmly in the group of people that can appreciate the talent that it takes to be a player in a Mariachi band, but the type of music that these groups generally produce does tend to leave me a little cold.

However there are vast swathes of the population of the world that do enjoy this particular type of music and if you are one of them then there's absolutely no doubt that you'll be interested in the 5 Mariachis slot from Habanero Systems.

Although the title implies that this is about a particular band, in truth it is more a slot that is generally about Mexico itself, with the items on the reels all decorated in the vivid, bright colors you would expect from the celebrations in the country and many of the items on the reels linked specifically to Mexico, our favorite being the humble, but heat-packing red chili.

This is a slot game that is packed to the brim with bonus features, including a trio of progressive jackpot prizes, as well as plenty of in game bonuses you can unlock as you play. So, grab your tequila, strap on a sombrero and see if you can strike it big in the game played everywhere from Gambia to Guadalajara.

Overview

  • Game: 5 Mariachis
  • Developer: Habanero Systems
  • Reels: 5
  • Pay Lines: 25 (non-selectable)
  • Minimum Bet: 0.25
  • Maximum Bet: 5000.00
  • Jackpot: 2,500 coins
  • Free Spins Bonus: Yes
  • Other Bonuses: Yes
  • Progressive: Yes
  • Volatility: Low to Medium

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Presentation

The presentation of the 5 Mariachis slot is a rather cheerful looking Mexican town, which is obviously in the middle of a celebration as balloons are rising into the air from it. The five reels dominate the screen and the main controls of the slot are located at the foot of the page.

The sound is good and the fact that the reels are clear is a positive, especially on those smaller mobile device screens. However, I feel that the game isn't as spectacular looking as it could have been and that everything is a little to static and predictable. I think Habanero Systems played it safe with this slot and I think they should have perhaps taken a bit more of a risk and livened the presentation up a bit.

What's on the reels?

There are four lower value symbols on the reel and these are the playing card symbols and these offer wins ranging from 5 coins up to 125 coins. However, it is worth remembering that your minimum bet is 25 coins on this slot, so if you land a three or four symbol win using the lower value symbols, then you don't win back as much as you bet (and this happens a lot).

Slightly higher value symbols are the cactus, maracas, red chili, guitar and tequila bottles. These items offer wins ranging from 15 coins up to 500 coins but to start landing a profit you need to land four maracas or better to do so and that doesn't really happen too often in the base game, which is why despite regular wins, this is more a lower to medium variance slot.

There are two other symbols to look out for in the game, the Scatters and the substitute (wild) and these are linked to the main bonus features of the slot.

Wild features

The Wild symbol is actually five different Wild symbols, each of the 5 Mariachis named in the title of the slot. Each symbol only appears on one reel and when in play, it can be used to substitute for any of the standard symbols in the game outlined in the section above.

However, when you land two or more of the Mariachi symbols on a winning line, then the number of symbols you land will add a multiplier of that value to the win. So if you land two Mariachi's on a winning line, you would receive a 2x multiplier. Three Mariachis would see you earn a 3x multiplier and so on.

Land the five Mariachi's across the reels and you would win the top prize of 500 coins, together with a 5x multiplier, which would give you the maximum base game win of 2,500 coins. That's not a huge amount when playing at 0.01 coins, but when your coins are 20.00 and you have wagered up to 10 on each line, that amount can be a huge sum of money.

Free Spins features

You trigger the Free Spins bonus when you land three or more of the Day of the Dead mask symbols anywhere across the reels. You receive 15 Free Spins in the bonus game and when you land one of the Mariachi symbols on the reels, it will turn into one of the symbols in the game to give you a chance of a bigger value win. You can also re-trigger the Free Spins feature from within the bonus game itself which is a positive (although doesn't happen that often).

Other bonus features

The other in game bonus feature is the Pinata Pick feature, which is triggered when you land three of the Pinata horse symbols n the middle three reels during the base game or Free Spins. When you do, you are taken to a selection screen where you get to pick one of the Pinata horses displayed which will then reveal a cash prize of between 2x and 100x your total bet.

The other bonus feature is the progressive jackpot funds, which are the Minor, Major and Grand jackpot, increasing in size as you progress. The jackpots cannot be won by anything happening on the reels as they are awarded entirely at random on selected spins.

Best feature of the 5 Mariachis slot

For me the sheer number of bonus features on the 5 Mariachis slot are what are going to appeal to players more so than the other items. The fact there is a Pick'em Bonus game as well as a Free Spins bonus, plus a big cash prize for landing Wilds across the reels and then two different progressive jackpot prizes to win does mean that players have plenty of targets to try and aim for when playing. For higher stakes players, I think the 5,000 per spin bet is also a real positive as few games offer such higher top end bets for the real higher rollers.

What does the 5 Mariachis slot lack?

There isn't a particular feature that the 5 Mariachis slot lacks for me, but I think that it hasn't quite got the balance right. The presentation is nice enough, but a little generic and stereotypical, I'd have liked to have seen the 5 Mariachis play a more prominent role, especially in the base game, rather than just Mexican themed items displayed. I think the base game, for lower stakes players, is a bit too punitive in terms of the low value pays and I think the bonus features are just a little too difficult to trigger. It's a pity as with a few small tweaks, this could have been a fabulous slot, as it is, it is good, but not great.

Conclusion

I think the 5 Mariachis slot is a game that will appeal to higher roller players who enjoy wagering larger amounts to try and win a prize, which could be as much as $500,000 if you wager the maximum amount per spin. For lower stakes players though, the appeal isn't as great, not because the jackpot prizes would be scaled down in size, but because the main game wins are very small in the main and although the bonuses, when triggered, can land you good value wins, it sometimes takes a while to trigger them, which is frustrating when playing on a budget. That's a pity as this game had lots going for it and could have been a classic.

Ratings

  • Presentation: 14 / 20 - The presentation of the 5 Mariachis slot is very nicely done. The sound and graphics when the game starts are very nice and it is clear that you are playing a game about Mexico. The animations are smooth and the game plays at a nice pace (and there is the option to play at a much quicker speed too if you prefer). The graphics are cartoon style and ok, but everything is somewhat generic and perhaps lacking a little imagination.
  • Game-play: 13 / 20 - The game play on the 5 Mariachis slot is excellent at first and you really get into the game and the strong presentation as outlined above helps with that. The bonuses make the game exciting to play (even if they take a little while to trigger) but it isn't long before those small value wins start to grate on the nerves. Especially when it seems like you have won a larger amount, but the actual value of your win is often less than your total bet.
  • Bonus Features: 18 / 20 - The one aspect of the 5 Mariachis slot which does have huge appeal is the huge amount of bonus features in the game. There's a trio of progressive jackpots that you can chase while playing, in addition to the two different bonus games in the slot (including a Free Spins round) and of course, the chance to win the maximum 2,500 coins by landing five Wilds across the reels. All in all, this is a slot packed with features that do give the game great appeal.
  • Entertainment Factor: 14 / 20 - The 5 Mariachis slot is a fun game to play but I do think that this is a slot which is aimed more at the higher rollers and they would get a lot more excitement out of it when betting the much larger amounts than lower stakes players. Lower stakes players will find the regular wins appealing but the amount you tend to win is very small, which does diminish the games appeal.
  • Play Value: 11 / 20 - Normally low to medium variance slots have a better play value than around the average mark but I feel that the 5 Mariachis slot isn't one of the better value games to play. Firstly, there are too many low value wins. It is slightly annoying to see a win of 150 appear on screen, but when you actually view the monetary value compared to your bet, you realize it is about 1/5th of what you wagered. Yes you win often, but the wins are often very, very small amounts, and seldom equal to what you bet.
  • Overall 70 / 100 - Overall, there's plenty to like about the 5 Mariachis slot and it is easy to see why it is one of the biggest and best games produced by Habanero Systems over the years. The sheer number of bonus features makes it a real attraction and the fact you can play as a lower stakes player, or a high roller gives it broad appeal. However, those low value wins do really start to grate when you hit a period on the base game when that is all you win and that does tend to diminish the appeal of the slot over a longer period of time.

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